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State of Utah Facts &Trivia

Highest and Lowest Point
Kings Peak, 13,528 ft. (Uinta Mountains, Duchesne Co. - NE part of state)
Beaver Dam Wash, 2,350 ft. (Near St. George, Washington Co. SW part of state)

State Name
The state of Utah is named after the Utes, an American Indian tribe.

Land area--84,916 sq. mi.; 65% is owned by the federal government

The Rocky Mountain elk became the official state animal in 1971.

The California gull was selected as the state bird of Utah by an act of the legislature in 1955.

In 1997, the Utah State Legislature approved an act relating to state affairs in general, designating the Dutch Oven as the State Cooking Pot.

In the 1997 Legislature, the Bonneville Cutthroat was adopted as the state fish after having the Rainbow Trout since 1971.

By an act of the Utah State Legislature, approved on March 18, 1911, the sego lily was declared to be the State floral emblem.

In 1994, the Utah State Legislature designated Square Dancing to be the state folk dance of Utah.

The allosaurus was designated the State Fossil in 1988. More allosaurus specimens have been found in two of Utah's quarries than any other dinosaur.

The cherry was designated as the official state fruit in 1997 by a House Bill.

The Topaz became the State Gem in 1969.

Indian ricegrass, a native perennial bunchgrass, was officially recognized as the Utah State Grass in 1990.

The honey bee became the official state insect in 1983.

Coal, Utah's state rock, was enacted by the Utah State Legislature in 1991.

The 2003 Utah State Legislature voted to change the state song from "Utah, We Love Thee" to "Utah, This is the Place."

The star, Dubhe, one of the seven bright stars composing the Big Dipper of the constellation Ursa major, is designated as the state centennial star.

The blue spruce was chosen by the Utah State Legislature in 1933 to be the state tree.

The Spanish Sweet Onion was named the state vegetable in the 2002 General Session of the Utah State Legislature.

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Transcribed by C. Anthony

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